2014/09/30

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, September 30, 2014

 

— don’t blink your eye

There was a Starbucks commercial on TV last night.
DeafDigest mentioned the commercial where a deaf
person in Hawaii would be featured in a Starbucks
scene. Well, blink your eye and you would miss
the whole thing. Very disappointing, but at least
Starbucks made it a point to include the deaf as
part of their many quick scenes.

 

— “Children of a Lesser God” comes back

The story “Children of a Lesser God” which made
Marlee Matlin and Phyllis Frelich famous is
coming back. It is now being part of the
upcoming Broadway plays next year. Who will
be in the cast and who will be the leading
female deaf character? Do not know just yet.

 
— a deaf bartender in a hearing bar

A friend, who is a former bartender, explained
to DeafDigest editor, about his old job in a
hearing bar. It was in a private members-only
club in a small town where everyone knew everyone.
The deaf bartender knew everyone’s favorite
drinks. Also a hearing friend always sat near
the deaf bartender, always helped if there were
communication problems with patrons.The small
bar was set up perfectly – three beer taps in
front, and ten upside down bottles in a rack
near the wall. A hearing person would point to
what he wanted. Why did the deaf bartender
leave his job? He found a better job at better
pay!

 
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2014/09/29

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, September 29, 2014

 

 

— a Starbucks commercial

Starbucks is starting a new series of commercials.
One such commerical involves a deaf activity inside
a Starbucks store in Hawaii. It involves an isolated
deaf woman, discovering a deaf meeting place in
Starbucks and then making new deaf friends. Why is
this interesting – because a group of deaf people
filed a lawsuit, accusing Starbucks of discrimination!

 

— a $12.00 hearing aid

A shopper in North Carolina went to the Harbor Freight
Tools, a hardware store, to look for some stuff to buy.
He mentioned that the store sells $12.00 hearing aids!
True? DeafDigest does not believe it and thinks the
shopper confused a cheap listening device for a real
hearing aid! Hardware store dealers are not audiologists.

 
— T-Mobile customer service people block the deaf

A deaf person, with his T-Mobile, wanted to text the
customer service department. He wanted to add some
new features for his device. The response from T-Mobile
was this – we hope that you enjoy email and internet with
your T-Mobile phone. But when the deaf person tried to
discuss adding new features, the response was still the
same. Where is this happening? Not in USA, but in Great
Britain! A British deaf activist said T-Mobile has a
reputation for cutting off deaf people.

 

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2014/09/26

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, September 26, 2014

 
— a Derrick Coleman grade

Every player in the NFL is graded on their performances
and then compared to other players within their own
position. Derrick, who is deaf, is a fullback with the
Seattle Seahawks. In the NFL there are 31 fullbacks that
are graded. How did Derrick perform? He is the 5th best
fullback in the league according to Pro Football Focus
which does the grading. And in another poll by Bleacher
Report, he is rated #1 most popular Seahawks player!
Not bad for a player who played very little at UCLA
and ignored by fans.

 

— a shocking police department report

Every police department posts reports of crimes, serious
incidents and emergences. The Manchester Police Department
(Massachusetts) has this very shocking report. It said:
a man swallowed a hearing aid

 

— a wasted Marlee Matlin movie?

Many movies are made in Hollywood but never shown.
Many producers and directors change their minds
about showing the movies they just filmed. Many
reasons – and there is one Marlee Matlin that has
never been shown. It is “Silent Knights” and it
is about a successful hearing college football
coach getting into an accident and losing his
job. He then finds a new job as a coach at a
school for the deaf. He then becomes friends
with a deaf teacher. That teacher is Marlee
Matlin.

 
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2014/09/25

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, September 25, 2014

 
— a featured deaf racer in a documentary film

Remember Ashley Fiolek, a young deaf woman, who captured
motocross championships several times in her short career?
She has not raced in two years, saying she wanted to move
on with her life. There is a new film – “On Any Sunday
– The Next Chapter” and she is shown as one of the racers.
This film shows what the inside world of motorcycle
racing is all about. In her prime, Ashley was the best,
no one could beat her.

 

 

— a sore loser

Jeff Hoover, not deaf, is a long time Chicago WGN Morning News
producer. He posted on facebook about the Emmys, saying it is
a big joke. He says that he should have won several Emmys
over the years but has never won one. He claims that TV people
that do not deserve to win, has won these awards. He said –
And I’ve lost to the deaf reporter from ABC 7. An insult?
He was referring to Karen Meyer, the long time TV disability
reporter who retired few weeks ago. So, is Jeff a sore loser?
DeafDigest thinks so.

 

 
— an angry judge releases a deaf man

A deaf Ontario man was arrested in 2013 for making
physical threats. He had been in jail since then without
being released or going through a trial. Yesterday, the
judge, very angry, released the deaf man. Why was the
judge angry? Because no one could find an interpreter
for him for more than one year. This deaf man was never
advised of his rights nor explained why he was not
getting out on bail, etc. The judge said delays in
finding an interpreter was not a good excuse.

 

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2014/09/24

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, September 24, 2014

 
— Lyft, good or bad

Is Lyft good or bad? Taxi drivers hate it; city governments
hate it; many Lyft drivers hate this job. But Lyft has
hired many deaf drivers and the company still wants to
hire more of them! Always good to have deaf people with
jobs.

 

— a moviehouse forgets the deaf and the hard of hearing

There are many deaf and hard of hearing people that use
listening devices while watching movies. The Hanford Fox
Theatre in California has been closed six months ago
for renovations. And during the renovations, a man from
the city building department inspected the work – and
told the owner that he forgot one thing – to have
listening devices put in. It is hard to believe that
these important devices were overlooked.

 

— junk captions provided by a town council

A town council produced a video, explaining the
construction plans of a public road so that residents
would know what is going on. And for its deaf residents,
captions were put in. The problem was that instead
of hiring a captioner, the city used captioning
software. As a result so much of the captions was
junk. No one could understand these captions.
The deaf community screamed about it, forcing the
embarrassed town council to redo the captions
with a captioner. This town council is located
in the metro London area.

 
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2014/09/23

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, September 23, 2014

 

— Deaf Beers in Europe

Ken Fisher, a deaf American brewer, goes to Europe to brew
his Grateful Deaf Brews. So far he has brewed his beer at
breweries in the Netherlands, Italy and England. Do see four
pictures at:
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— a deaf character on the EastEnders

EastEnders is a British soap opera, aired on TV
since 1985. It is the most popular TV program in
Great Britain. The program re-runs are shown on
some American cable networks. An on and off character
over the years is Ben. It was mentioned in the British
press today that Ben wears a hearing aid, becoming deaf
because of meningitis. This is the first time there
is deafness on the program.

 
— Macys anti-deaf

Macys is one of the world’s most famous department
stores. And is it anti-deaf? A deaf woman who went
to Macys for many years to buy things, had her
purse stolen, including her credit cards. She was
able to get replacement cards with all of her
credit cards – except – for Macys! They told her
to talk to a customer service person on voice
telephone. She has repeatedly tried to explain
to Macys about her deafness and each time Macys
has refused to deal with her! This Macys store
is in Connecticut. Not even a TV ombudsman was
able to help her.

 
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2014/09/22

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, September 22, 2014

 
— a 3D surprise

What is a 3D printing surprise? That the hearing aid is the
most successful printed product in the world. Says who?
Says the 3DP Newsletter. They are saying that over
10,000,000 “In The Ear” hearing aids have been printed
and sold so far. Well, “In the Ear” hearing aids are not
really the same as regular hearing aids!

 
— American Restoration owner’s most frustrating experience

American Restoration is a popular cable TV program. It is about
restoring antique items to make it look new – such as old cars,
coke machines, gum machines, slot machines, etc. Rick Dale,
the American Restoration owner, said his most frustrating
experience was dealing with a deaf customer. He brought in
an old vacuum machine and wanted it restored. It was a
1945 model, the rarest one in the world as only two such
machines were currently available. The deaf man had spare
parts but did not tell Rick about it. The old machine was
restored but Rick knew something was not right, and the
deaf man got angrier and angrier. The result – Rick gave
up, and refunded in full the deaf man’s money! This
scene was never shown on TV. It is not known if there
was an interpreter around.

 
— a punishment for deaf crime boss

In China, a deaf man was sentenced to 15 years in
jail. He was the boss of a deaf gang that stole
valuables from parked cars. The deaf thieves he
recruited came from schools for the deaf, unable
to find jobs on their own after graduation. The
total value of stolen items were approximately
$250,000 in USA money according to the police.

 

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